So far so good

January 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Posted in All, Blogging | Leave a comment

I had my first annual performance review at work yesterday. I was glad to hear that my boss(es) are happy with me. I have so far exceeded their expectations. I also have positive feedbacks from my peers and all other managers.

The company follows a pay structure which rewards performance. Aside from the basic pay, employees get a bi-annual bonus based on the company’s results. In short, there is profit sharing. Last financial year, we got almost 16% (of annual pay).

If not for the global financial crisis, I would have merited an appreciable pay rise. Next year. Hopefully.

2008 – my year that was

January 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Posted in All, Blogging, Life et al | 1 Comment

Oh boy, how long has it been?
Too long a time since my last post was seen
I have been slack in updating this blog
As slack as one can be when Melbourne’s in fog

Six months? What have I been up to?
Quit my job of four years to start anew
Had a two-week break, t’was all I needed
To get away from it all, and feel rejuvenated

Began my new job on the 1st of July
Remember everyone’s name, I thought I should try
At first, work load was overwhelming
“Take it easy”, I was told, “you are still learning”

I still learn now as I go
The range of instruments is too diverse in a short time to know
Each day is different, it’s ever challenging
New stuff to learn, it’s never boring

The work I do, I actually enjoy
Happy with my boss too, whose name is Ploy
The eight-hour days don’t seem that long
I feel this company, is where I belong

Enough of work talk, let me move on
Though there is not much really, on the home front
Same ole, same ole is what they say
Not much happenings, not much hooray

I thought 2008 was a year of boom
Then came the credit crunch, the world’s in gloom
US carmakers crashed, while some banks folded
Stockmarket plunged, downward we were all headed

US Government came to the rescue via some bail-outs
It might have helped but don’t we all still have doubts?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being negative
It is the reality of our world today, let’s not be naive

While Kevin Rudd guaranteed all Australian bank deposits
Some business survived, some called it quits
Job cuts here, reduced work hours there
Everyone was affected, nothing was as-you-were

Christmas and new year was spent with family
Lots of laughs, lots of cheers, days went by merrily
Had too much to drink, when red wine kept flowing
Did not heed the warning, I ended up chucking

Golf is always a part of our holidays
It is the craze, not just a passing phase
I may not be good at it, but I will keep trying
I have improved my swing, will do more with putting

Once, my ball went in the bush beside a tree
Tried my darnedest to get it back to the fairway
On the follow through swing I hit the tree trunk
Broke my No. 6 Callaway, my game stunk

Holidays are over, now I’m back to work
Load is light, not much in the lurk
A bit quiet as everyone’s not back yet
Might take another week  ’til we all get back to it

Before I end this post and hit publish
A good year for everyone, is all I wish
Look forward positive to what lies ahead
The call to frugal living, let us all heed.

Singapore Transit

April 26, 2008 at 9:11 am | Posted in All, Blogging, Philippines, Singapore, Travel | 2 Comments

Currently in transit at Changi Airport Singapore on the way to Cebu, Philippines for a three week holiday.  Going to attend a high school grand alumni homecoming. Will also be seeing places around Cebu and will visit Panglao Island in Bohol for five days. Will also do a bit of side trip to San Carlos City and Dumaguete City, both in Negros Island.

Left Melbourne on a nice and cool weather at around 20 degrees. The heat and humidity here in Singapore was a bit of a shock to our system. A few minutes in the Sunflower Garden at Terminla 2 and I was already feeling sticky.

The last time I came back to the Philippines, i got sick. The heat was just too much. Transition from hot to cool/cold weather seems a bit easier on the body than the other way around.

Hope I acclimatise quickly and not get sick. Can’t afford. I’m going back to see friends I haven’t seen for some twenty years so this is no time to get sick. No way.

Di ko alam kung ano i-title sa post na ‘to…

August 13, 2007 at 10:46 am | Posted in All, Australia, Blogging, Pensiveness/Rants, Tagalog | 2 Comments

Magtatagalog muna ako. May hang-over pa ako dun sa kwentuhan naming magkakaibigan nung weekend.

Ang bilis ng panahon. Aba, tatlong linggo na pala mula nang huli akong mag post ng entry dito. Di ko na namalayan takbo ng mga araw.

May dumating akong kaibigan mula sa Pinas na pinadala ng employer nya dito for a two-week training. Ayun, dahil first time nyang makarating ng Australia, we played host to her. After office hours, lumalabas kami at nililibot namin sya. On weekends naman, shopping kami for souvenirs. Natuwa ako sa kanya. Kasi mura daw mga bilihin. Ayun, namili ng namili. Ang nangyari, nag excess baggage sya ng mga 20 kilos. Pinagbabayad sya ng AU$500.00. Buti na lang malapit lang sina Janine sa airport. Ayun, iniwan na lang sa luggage storage at pinik-up nila later.

Nakakapagod pala. Di ko rin nagagawa yung weekend sleep-ins ko. Nauuna pa akong gumising sa sirena ng footy sa labas.

After that, birthday ko naman. On the day itself, nag dinner kami sa TGIF sa South Yarra with old time friends and nanood ng Die Hard 4.0. Enjoy naman. Niloloko ko nga si Shane. South Yarra kasi is where we started. When I used to come here on business trips, sa South Yarra ang serviced apartment na tinitirhan ko everytime. Sya naman, tumira din dito with a girlfriend. Sabi ko nga, too many memories and they’re all coming back to me. 🙂

Yung movie, may mga funny lines, especially sa dialogs ni Bruce Willis. Nung nagsimula ang action, tuloy-tuloy na hanggang sa end ng movie. Ok sya dahil hindi ako na-bore. 😉

On the weekend of my birthday, me mga friends din akong pumunta sa bahay. Luto ako Pinoy food. Sinigang. Ginataang kalabasa. Lumpiang Shanghai. Pansit sotanghon. At me extrang baked honey soy chicken. Yun kasing asawa ng isang Pinay, e puti, kaya kelangan ng konting pagkain na pwede nyang kainin. Ayaw kasi ng mga puti ng sinigang. Maasim daw at di nila maintindihan ang lasa. Me nagdala ng cake, kya nakalibre si Shane. Di na nya ako kelangang ibili ng cake. 🙂 Kandila na lang. Sabi pa dun sa card na bigay nya, kelangan ko daw TLC for my birthday. Ten Less Candles! Pero yung binili nyang candles, sandosena. Kaya effectively, binigyan nya ako ng Twenty-six Less Candles! Ay, tanda ko na ano?

I hope nabusog at nag enjoy naman sa pagkain ang mga bisita ko. Ako, napagod pero enjoy din naman.

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